Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Another Sunday, another batch of cookies. These ones I’ve had in mind for quite some time, but wasn’t sure how to nail the execution. Everyone loves peanut buter and jelly. Except people with peanut allergies. Or people who don’t like jelly. Other than that, pretty much everyone loves PB&J. Peanut butter cookies tend to be pretty crumbly so I wasn’t sure how to incorporate the jam into them. Luckily, my trusty mom who sends me random baking packages from King Arthur Flour had sent me a package that had these things called Raspberry Jammy Bits. So I made some peanut butter cookies and threw these in there, and boom – PB&J in a cookie. I doubled the recipe to make sure there were plenty of these for coworker cookie Monday.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup supermarket-style smooth peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Raspberry Jammy Bits

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the shortening and sugars. If you don’t have shortening or prefer to use butter, you can substitute 1/2 a cup of butter for 1/3 cup of shortening. If I made these again, I’d probably use butter. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

Step 2: Add in smooth peanut butter and mix well. Do not use natural peanut butter. Spray the measuring cup generously with non-stick spray before measuring the peanut butter, which will make it a lot easier to get out.

Step 3: Sift together the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated. Add in the raspberry jammy bits and just mix until they are evenly distributed in the dough.

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Step 4: Scoop even-size balls of dough and place on a sil-pat or parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a fork, press them down making a criss-cross. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

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These are pretty good if I do say so myself. I love peanut butter cookies to begin with, but the raspberry bits are little flavor explosions that are a nice surprise when you bite into the cookie. Thinking these will not last long Monday morning.

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Sometimes the best weekends are the ones when you don’t have any set plans in advance. This weekend was perfectly relaxing, which was much needed. Friday night we had a girls wine and grill night and tested grilling pizza on a pizza stone and directly on the grill. Lesson learned, pizza stones are hot and if you touch them you will burn your fingerprints right off.

There was a lot of outside time Saturday in the backyard with the grill, and some solid tennis playing this weekend. Even got in a game outdoors this morning, which has left me sunburnt and tired but very happy. And of course, a quick trip to Home Depot today because no weekend would be complete without that.

This is my idea of a perfect Sunday morning.

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Oh and let’s not forget that I had my second hand-modeling gig this week, once again cast as the role of “mom hands” in another CVS Mobile App demo video. This is a sneak peek into how movies are made. I mean, next stop Hollywood right?

 

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